Alumni and friends

Recognising your support

The University of Surrey relies upon the generous support of its alumni and friends.

Whether you have donated or given the gift of your time – thank you.

How does my support have an impact?

As a donor or volunteer, you are making a real difference to the people, ideas and facilities that shape the University of Surrey. The University is deeply grateful for your support – without your support Surrey would not be where we are today. Thank you.

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Donor circles

As a thank you for your donation, we are delighted to welcome you into one of the University of Surrey gift circles.

Acorn circle

Anyone who makes a regular donation throughout the year is welcomed into our Acorn Circle. It is named from the seed of the oak trees that flourish on the Stag Hill campus. The acorn is a symbol of good fortune, and acknowledges that great things grow from small beginnings.

Oak circle

Donors who make a gift of £1,000 or more in a single year or a legacy pledge are invited into the Oak Circle. It’s named after Surrey’s oldest and most prized tree, the 130-year-old oak on the Manor Park campus. It symbolises the University’s solid roots in our predecessor, Battersea Polytechnic, and the growth and strength of our community today.

Our thanks to you

Members of both circles receive a special stag pin badge. The stag, the University of Surrey’s symbol, symbolises the medieval royal park on which the campus is built, and the key is both part of the crest of Battersea Polytechnic and Surrey’s coat of arms. For more information about becoming a member of either gift circle, please contact